Retired Dutch fighter Robbie “The Rabbit” Hageman reflected on his knockout loss to Dmitry Menshikov yesterday.
Hageman was defeated by the hard-hitting Russian via first round stoppage at the GLORY 62 event in Rotterdam, Netherlands last December.
After the defeat, Hageman undertook an MRI exam, where a lump was discovered in his brain.
Hageman underwent surgery to have the lump removed, and the fighter has to undergo MRI scans every six months to monitor his condition.
The medical issue forced the fighter to retire from a noteworthy professional career. Hageman is still involved in the sport as a trainer and gym owner.
The fighter said the loss saved his life. If not for the knockout, the tumor may not have been discovered in time.
“A half year ago the Russian fighter @dmitry_menshikov_ knocked me out and actually saved my life with it. “Sometimes God’s blessings are not in what he gives, but in what he takes away. He knows best trust him,” Hageman wrote on Instagram.